Jenny Fisher

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Dr Jenny Fisher is a Senior Lecturer at the Research Institute for Health and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University. Jenny’s principal research interests centre around community studies, social change, reflexive ethnography and issues of families, gender and policy. Her research has also focused on women’s experiences of belonging, well-being and social networks using an ethnographic, qualitative approach. Jenny has undertaken research that explores personalisation and the impact of social care policy, and an evaluation of Home-Start Manchester South. Jenny led a Cabinet Office funded Big Society Community Organisers project between 2011 and 2012.


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The impact of community well-being champions in African and Caribbean communities


Jenny Fisher examines a study seeking to understand the role and the impact of community well-being champions in African and Caribbean communities.

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Is small really beautiful for delivering social care and support?


Jenny Fisher discusses a study on social care provision by micro-enterprises and discovers that small may well be beautiful for delivering care and support.

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Trying targets: did Local Area Agreements support social cohesion?


Jenny Fisher asks if the Local Area Agreement policy intervention and associated targets helped with social cohesion and offers useful pointers for further reading on the topic.

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Community development, networking and neighbourhood change


Jenny Fisher takes on an Australian study about community development and how umbrella bodies work for networking between organisations and neighbourhoods. She considers the implications of the findings for the UK refers to some other helpful research on the topic.

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